#EkitiGate: Fayose Reconciles With Accuser, Tope Aluko


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has reconciled with former secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ekiti State Chapter, Dr. Tope Aluko, who made startling allegations about him and the 2014 governorship election. Aluko had some months back described on Channel’s TV Program, Sunday Politics how Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Musiliu Obanikoro allegedly spent $37 million to rig Fayose into office as Ekiti Governor.

According to him, the former President gave Governor Ayo Fayose N4.7 billion cash to prosecute the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state. He said Jonathan initially gave Fayose $2 million in March 2014 for the primary election, which was collected at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. The money was used to defeat Dr. Kayode Fayemi the then governor of the state who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Aluko said he was making the revelation because governor Fayose had refused to keep his part of the agreement, of making him the Chief of Staff after he became governor.

The Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, posted a video of a meeting between both men in Lagos. In the video which is less-than-two-minutes shot in Lagos on Saturday, Fayose was seen standing beside Aluko, answering questions asked by journalists.

In the video, Fayose described himself as father of all and the father of Aluko.

“I’m the father of all, for whatever that happened, I’m the father and I should accommodate everybody. Aluko remains my boy, my son. I am his father; I am his brother. The past is behind us. Aluko remains my boy, my son. Whatever he said in public in the past is gone. It’s time to move on.”

Mr. Tope Aluko also confirmed the reunion saying “This is about peace, this is about misunderstanding, this is about talking together, this is about family coming in, this is about well-meaning Nigerians coming in and that’s what we have achieved.”

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